WALDOBORO — From start to finish, Bangor simply proved too talented and consistent on the diamond and those worthy attributes paid significant dividends on a beautiful, sunny, hot Saturday afternoon as the Penobscot County squad grabbed the early momentum and held it with a clinching mid-game rally to beat Augusta 10-0 in four innings for the coveted state Little League 11- and 12-year-old all-star baseball championship at Clyde Sukeforth Field.

The overall performance by Bangor, which finished 4-0 in the double-elimination tournament, on July 30 would have made Sukeforth, a respected Major League Baseball player, scout and manager from Washington, Maine, proud — and surely put a smile on his face.

Bangor’s Mason Bond, left, is swarmed by teammates after he belts a two-run home run. Photo by Ken Waltz

While the Midcoast’s District 2 champions’ championship run concluded earlier, there still was the matter of a title to be attained among the teams alive on Saturday.

Bangor had beaten resilient Augusta earlier in the tourney and needed only to win one of potentially two final games on Saturday. It did that in stellar fashion when it busted out of gate early and often to cement the crown.

At the conclusion of play on Friday, July 29, the two teams that remained were Bangor of District 3 and Augusta of District 5.

Consequently, Bonny Eagle of District 6, Saco of District 4, Sunrise of Millbridge of District 1 and Five Town of District 2 had been ousted earlier from the double-elimination tournament.

On Friday, in an elimination game, Augusta swung to a 9-3 victory over Bonny Eagle, while on Thursday, July 28, Bonny Eagle eliminated Saco 6-3. On Wednesday, July 27, Bangor doubled up Augusta 6-3 to clinch a berth in the championship round.

Augusta’s Nick Pion. Photo by Ken Waltz

Augusta finished 2-2 in the tournament, hosted by Medomak Valley Little League.

As state champion, Bangor advances to the New England tournament, which will be Saturday through Thursday, Aug. 6-11 in Bristol, Conn. The winner of that event will advance to the historic, cherished and memory-making Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

The state tournament scores included: Bangor 12, Sunrise 2 (5 inns.); Saco 6, Bonny Eagle 3 (7 inns.); Bangor 9, Five Town 2; Augusta 8, Saco 3; Saco beat Sunrise (Sunrise eliminated); Bonny Eagle 3, Five Town 0 (Five Town eliminated); Bangor 6, Augusta 3; Bonny Eagle 6, Saco 3 (Saco eliminated); Augusta 9, Bonny Eagle 3 (Bonny Eagle eliminated); and Bangor 10, Augusta 0 (4 inns., Augusta eliminated).

Bangor’s Caden Karam. Photo by Ken Waltz

The following is a recap of recent state contests:

Bangor 10, Augusta 0 (4 inns.)

At Waldoboro July 30, Bangor tallied two runs in the second inning, three more in the third and clinched the victory — and state crown — with five runs in the fourth.

Bangor’s Jacoby Harvey. Photo by Ken Waltz

Caden Karam (hit, hit batter, 4 walks, 9 strikedouts) pitched Bangor to the shutout victory, Mason Bond had a home run and Jacoby Harvey a triple to key the winners.

Pacing Bangor on offense were Daxton Gifford (single, run), Nate O’Donnell (single), Max Kennedy (single, run), Harvey (single, triple, 2 runs), Kaleb Johnson (double, 2 runs), Gavin Hughes (run), Karam (single, run), Bond (2-run home run, double, single, 2 runs), Tyler Johnson or Carter Catell (single) and Patrick Guite (single).

Bangor’s Patrick Guite, right, and Augusta’s Ben Allen. Photo by Ken Waltz

For Augusta, Drew Lindquist had the lone hit, a single in the first inning. The Kennebec County squad got three runners to third base in the game. Pitchers for Augusta 12 hits, four walks and struck out four. Lindquist started on the mound for Augusta.

Fielding miscues hampered Augusta in the championship game.

Augusta 9, Bonny Eagle 3

At Waldoboro July 29, Augusta plated seven of its nine runs over the final two innings and advanced to the state championship round. Augusta scored two in the second, two in the fourth and five in the fifth, while Bonny Eagle plated one in the fourth and two in the sixth.

Augusta was keyed at the dish by Manny Stevenson (4 singles, 2 runs), Drew Lindquist (double, run), Kolton Colby (single, run, stolen base), Landon Perry (2 singles), Chris Karagiannes (run), Kya Douin (single, run), Dylan Maguire (run), Oliver Odom (run) and Ben Allen (run).

For Bonny Eagle, Jackson Humphrey (run), Nate Collins (2 doubles, 2 runs), Ben Havu (single) and Parker Havu (single) paced the offense.

Augusta pitchers allowed four hits, two walks and one hit batter, with nine strikeouts. Bonny Eagle pitchers scattered nine hits and five walks, with 10 strikeouts.

Bonny Eagle 6, Saco 3

At Waldoboro July 28, Bonny Eagle plated its first four batters of the game and never trailed, and, ultimately, bounced Saco from the state championship picture. Bonny Eagle scored four runs in the first inning and two in the fifth, while Saco’s runs came in the sixth inning.

Bonny Eagle was led on offense by Jackson Humphrey (run), Nate Collins (single, run), Parker Bjorklund (single, 2 runs, stolen base), Ben Havu (triple, run), Garret Secord (run, 2 steals), Mikey Moran (single, steal), Cooper Dow (single, steal), Parker Havu (single) and Wyatt Shaw (single).

For Saco, Connor Penney (run, stolen base), Colton Cross (single, run, 2 steals), Justyn Quezada (single) and Cam Brady (run, steal) paced the offense.

Bonny Eagle pitchers allowed two hits and five walks, with 12 strikeouts. Saco pitchers scattered seven hits, three walks and one hit batter, with eight strikeouts.

Bangor 6, Augusta 3

At Waldoboro July 27, Bangor plated six of their runs in the first inning and advanced to the championship round. Augusta plated single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames.

Bangor was led at the plate by Daxton Gifford (run), Nate O’Donnell (run), Jacoby Harvey (double, run), Kaleb Johnson (run), Gavin Hughes (run), Caden Karam (run).

or Augusta, Manny Stevenson (run), Grant Curtis (run) and Ben Allan (single, run) paced the offense.

Harvey and Hughes pitched for Bangor and allowed one hit, seven walks and two hit batters, with 15 strikeouts. Griffen Hayden and Dylan MaGuire pitched for Augusta and allowed one hit and six walks, with nine strikeouts.

In the first inning, Bangor’s first six batters reached base and scored after Harvey rapped a two-run double and later scored on a passed ball, while Johnson, Hughes and Karam reached on walks and moved their way around the bases to double the lead to six for the District 3 champs.

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